An initiative asking for people’s spare change has ended up garnering some $12,000-plus for a homeless shelter in Elmira.
The fundraising effort was conducted by Elmira’s Parish of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. All of the parish’s churches — Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Casimir, St. Mary, St. Patrick and Ss. Peter and Paul — staged a “coin box collection” each weekend between September 2018 and early March. Proceeds were given to Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler for its Second Place East shelter.
According to Catholic Charities, the final amount raised was $12,242.69. By December, $7,000 had been collected, which helped secure new mattresses, bed frames, chairs and a couch for the shelter. Remaining funds will go toward purchasing a kitchen table and helping residents with bus tickets and rent as well as obtaining birth certificates and identification.
Second Place East operates in conjunction with Catholic Charities’ Samaritan Center, providing such services as housing, homeless prevention services, food, financial help and facilitated enrollment in programs. In 2018, 370 adults and 95 children received emergency shelter and support from Second Place East.